KSM sings, begs for death; Update: KSM whines that sketch artist made his nose look too wide

posted at 1:05 pm on June 5, 2008 by Allahpundit

Sounds like a plan.

The accused al Qaeda mastermind of the September 11 attacks stood in a U.S. military court on Thursday, sang a chant of praise to Allah and said he would welcome the death penalty.

“This is what I wish, to be martyred,” Pakistani captive Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the highest-ranking al Qaeda operative in U.S. custody, told the Guantanamo war crimes court…

As the judge tried to question him about whether he was satisfied with the U.S. military lawyer appointed to defend him, Mohammed stood and began to sing in Arabic, cheerfully pausing to translate his own words into English.

“My shield is Allah most high,” he said, adding that his religion forbade him from accepting a lawyer from the United States and that he wanted to act as his own attorney.

He criticized the United States for fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, waging what he called “a crusader war,” and enacting illegal laws including those authorizing same-sex marriages.

A silly thing to say given how eager his target audience will be to assimilate his ravings into the “root causes” handbook; Osama’s always had a better grasp of these things, which I guess is why he’s the leader. Here’s a useful rule of thumb to help you decide, in bien pensant fashion, what does and doesn’t constitute a jihadist propaganda victory as the process goes forward. Executing this pig as he so richly deserves is a jihadist propaganda victory because it grants him the martyrdom he seeks, even though we happily run that same risk every time we fire a Predator missile at a safe house in the Pakistani tribal areas. Giving this pig a forum as plum as a trial in which to rant, curse the United States, sing hosannas to Allah, and hold forth on Israel and whatever else is on his mind is not a jihadist propaganda victory because, well, that’s just justice. Truth be told, I kind of like the idea of him showing off how zombified he is: The true worry would be if he tried to play it sane, with all the defense-counsel trimmings, as a ploy to suggest that his ilk are more reasonable and coherent in their grievances than they’ve been given credit for. Instead, it sounds like he’s ready to share his inner Islamic fanatic with the world. All’s well that ends well, and this one should.

LGF has an artist’s sketch of him decked out in his fine new duds for court, so run along and admire.

Update: He’s obviously taking this very seriously.

Accused September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed objected that a courtroom sketch artist had made his nose look too wide on Thursday and sent her back to revise the drawing.

“He didn’t like the nose,” artist Janet Hamlin said.

Mohammed asked Hamlin to obtain a copy of a photo taken shortly after his 2003 capture in Pakistan and redraw the nose to look as it did in that picture, the artist said…

“It’s a defence attorney issue,” said Navy Cmdr. J.D. Gordon, a Pentagon spokesman. “It’s remarkable the lengths we go to to take their desires into considerations.”

Can you blame him? All this is to him is a stage, paid for with your tax dollars. He might as well look his best.


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Why are we obliged to provide this brutal beast a turban?

Entelechy on June 5, 2008 at 10:29 PM

No death penalty. Let him die of old age at 104 the sole, last prisoner unremembered, forgotten.

Let him live in a box for the next 50 years.

rockhauler on June 5, 2008 at 1:11 PM

…listening to an endless, cyclic recording of Candle in the Wind

whitetop on June 5, 2008 at 10:37 PM

Death by (male) snoo-snoo. Or a life sentence in Oz. I hear Beacher is lonely.

VolMagic on June 5, 2008 at 4:47 PM

I never thought I would hear a Futurama reference on Hot air! Thank you VoL

Squid Shark on June 5, 2008 at 10:56 PM

NRO’s Andy McCarthy offers this bit of common sense:

At his arraignment today, upon being advised by the military court of the possibility that he could be executed if convicted, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the jihadist savage who orchestrated the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3000 Americans, explained that this was fine by him because he would like to be a “martyr.” We should be delighted to accommodate him. I see the makings of a deal here.

From the usual suspects, we’re hearing the drivel about how killing him will only “fan the flames” of radicalism (to borrow Obama’s vapid phrase). Do they really think letting him live but keeping him in jail for life would mollify our enemies? (In 1997, Egyptian terrorists in Luxor brutally murdered scores of tourists in an effort to extort the U.S. into releasing the Blind Sheikh — they seemed fairly upset about his life-sentence, and have continued to be upset as he continues to serve it.) The flames of radicalism are already on full-time fan, folks. It’s silly to think we can affect them much one way or the other. We have to forget about them and do what our security requires.

Captured terrorists acquire great prestige in the jihadist movement. From their prison cells, they have been known to issue fatwas, plan attacks, direct operations, and assault and maim the American prison authorities, soldiers and sailors who are assigned to guard them. Let them become martyrs … and the sooner the better.

onlineanalyst on June 5, 2008 at 11:05 PM

Oops. Sorry, Volmagic. I should have read the posts before I repeated yours. Then again, Andy McCarthy deserves being cited and repeated.

onlineanalyst on June 5, 2008 at 11:09 PM

Squid Shark on June 5, 2008 at 10:56 PM

Happy to oblige :)

onlineanalyst on June 5, 2008 at 11:09 PM

Not a problem, and yes, he should be quoted on every page of this thread so everyone can read some real wisdom!

VolMagic on June 5, 2008 at 11:17 PM

Execute him. Wrap him in a hog hide, shove an open bottle of Wild Turkey in his snout and bury him in an unmarked grave.

coldshot on June 6, 2008 at 12:01 AM

Give this guy his wish. No Allah, no virgins, no nothin’, give him the juice….

DfDeportation on June 6, 2008 at 12:02 AM

He’s really Omar the Tentmaker…in disguise…

DfDeportation on June 6, 2008 at 12:03 AM

Made his nose look too big.
Is that even possible?
Say there Mr. Martyr Boy- whaddya say we meet you half-way: How about a living martyrdom: We send you and your bacon boy brothers to the gentle ways of Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona? Sunny D and bologna sandwiches for lunch. Maybe a ham sandwich on those “special” days,( like Ramadan as an example, and maybe say, Passover, Purim, and the 4th of July).
Oh, and plenty of watch dogs.
Come on, Martyr Boy, ya got a pair you’re willing to give up for allah?

Amendment X on June 6, 2008 at 12:29 AM

I say let him have his rant, strap him into the chair, bring in the guard from The Green Mile to wet the sponge and then flip the switch on Old Sparky. I’ll bring the marshmallows if someone else brings the hot dogs.

Kristi on June 6, 2008 at 7:48 AM

Step 1…Gender reassignment surgery.

Step 2…Deportation to Iran.

soundingboard on June 6, 2008 at 8:22 AM

We need to be shaving these pigs head to toe and putting them in an orange straight jacket. But oh, that might be insensitive. Political Correctness sux.

kirkill on June 6, 2008 at 9:31 AM

Give him a fair (fairly quick) trial and then hang him. Who cares if he claims that he wants to be a martyr? When you swat a fly, it doesn’t make a difference if the fly is depressed and welcomes his own demise– it’s simply a matter of destroying a poisonous insect before it can spread disease.

morganfrost on June 6, 2008 at 10:34 AM

Give this animal and all his brothers LIFE in prison. NO DEATH PENALTY, NO MARTYRDOM, NO ALLAH, NO 72 VIRGINS… Solitary in a small cell. NO HUMAN CONTACT. NO NEWSPAPERS. NO MAGS NOTHING TO READ, INCLUDING NO KORAN. One hour a week in exercise yard,ALONE… One shower a week, ALONE. Two meals a day served in his cell, ALONE. Never any contact with a HUMAN SOUL… And 1 hope he, and his brothers live to be 150 years old.If this comes to pass, there is indeed a GOD!!!

pueblo1032 on June 6, 2008 at 10:41 AM

All this is to him is a stage, paid for with your tax dollars.

Exactly. And his sympathetic audience in the MSM is hitting the gate at full stride, with NPR’s correspondent this morning rapturous about KSM’s “immaculate” white gown and “long, flowing” beard.

docob on June 6, 2008 at 10:41 AM

I think his plea for martyrdom is quite cunning; he knows the weakness of the West and expects that he will be acquitted or given a light sentence so that we don’t “give him what he wants.”

PattyJ on June 6, 2008 at 11:13 AM

If he can only hold on a little longer I’m sure President Obama will pardon him.

As for the picture of his nose being too wide, I’d tell him that this is in the future, after I broke it with this punch. Thud.

pistolero on June 6, 2008 at 11:32 AM

Let him sing in hell! That is where he belongs.

txstar on June 6, 2008 at 12:10 PM

I say take him to the top of the Empire State Building and give him a heave-ho. In about 4+ seconds, he’ll find his nose’s width will resemble the drawing.

leftnomore on June 6, 2008 at 7:02 PM

Let us give him his demise. I recommend the hemp cravat, followed by incineration, and flushing down the nearest sewer. Since he wants his 15 minutes of fame, video the whole process, and send the tape to al Jazeera. No point in keeping this creep in prison at public expense. Conviction to flushing should take as little time as possible, perhaps 24 hours. Just long enough to get the rope, tie the knot, and stretch his neck.

Orson Buggeigh on June 7, 2008 at 12:32 AM